Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #40: ANOTHER COPILOT OF THE FALCON

Nien Nunb. India ink on paper.
After LFL

To see more Star Wars Wednesdays as well as other Star Wars art, check out the archives or my Star Wars fan art page.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #39: CHEWIE LIVES!

Chewie Lives. India ink on bristol board, 6x9.
After LFL (based on Chewbacca's first appearance)

I almost didn't get this one up. It was a busy week and I just sketched it this morning! I was planning to have a Chewbacca drawing up this week anyway, but it's even more significant after the release of the new trailer. You can see the trailer and my brief explanation why "Chewie Lives" is such a big deal here. I wondered if "Chewie Lives" would become a thing among Star Wars fans, then someone sent me this photo: 


Just kidding. It's a Photoshop quickie. "Chewie Lives" hasn't caught on yet. Also, I don't endorse graffiti. 

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Force Awakens Trailer #2

I'm sure most of you saw this already, but it should be posted on this blog:


Also, I'm wondering if this will become a thing:


Chewbacca died in the Expanded Universe novel The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. I have a feeling that the last shot in the trailer brought a big smile to everyone, even fans of the Expanded Universe like myself.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #38: THE UNIVERSE FORMERLY KNOWN AS EXPANDED

Prince Isolder. India ink on bristol, 6x9. 

Because I missed Star Wars Wednesday last week, I'm posting two today. This is the second one. Here's the first one.

I titled this post The Universe Formerly Known as Expanded because I drew a prince and this post is about what was know as Star Wars The Expanded Universe. Get it?

Anyway....

I've wanted to devote a post to what was formerly known as the Expanded Universe. Much has been written about it, especially in the last year. The Expanded Universe is the collection of novels, short stories, comics, games, and other media that continue the tell the stories of characters from the movies or create new characters. It expanded on the Star Wars movies for the last 20 plus years.

Well, last year it was done away with and rebooted by Disney's Lucasfilm division. A new Canon was and is being created. You can imagine how fans who invested money and time collecting and reading all of that material felt about Disney's actions. I understand the outrage on one hand, but I can also understand why Disney would do this as they move forward with new movies.

I won't say a whole lot about it because I know the general public just doesn't care. I'll have a bunch of links at the end of this for those interested in exploring the Expanded Universe, or Legends as it's now called. I do think that in some cases, Disney/Lucasfilm threw out the baby with the bath water. That's why I chose the character I drew for today's post (plus it contributed to my hilarious title....Come on! It's funny!). My drawing of Prince Isolder is based on the character painted by Drew Struzan on the original cover of The Courtship of Princess Leia (drawin in the style of Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars--one of my favorite things Star Wars that had already been discarded from Star Wars continuity before the reboot). I feel that Disney/Lucasfilm was being kind of lazy by wiping the slate completely clean. There are stories that they could have left in the new Canon. This is the story that leads up to the marriage of Han and Leia. I can't think of anything in the book that contradicts the now established Canon. Unless, *gasp* Han and Leia will not be married going forward from Return of the Jedi!

Courtship also introduces us to Dathomir and the Witches of Dathomir, which have been used in the established Canon. It's possible that I'm not remembering something that contradicts. I'm not an expert of the Expanded Universe that some fans are. That's where the links below come in. There are other books that probably could have been left in the new Canon. Maybe as things move forward, they will bring some stories back into the fold.

I've rambled too long. Here are some links for further reading:

This is a good article for those who have no idea what the Expanded Universe is and explains it better that I did in this post

Here is Wookieepedia's explanation of the Expanded Universe

An official statement from StarWars.com posted last year on things going forward in the Star Wars Universe.

The Star Wars Timeline Gold is an exhaustive chronological collection of all of the Expanded Universe/Legends and now Canon. It's pretty incredible.

The Star Wars Expanded Universe Chronology is another exhaustive timeline, but a more user friendly if you find The Star Wars Timeline Gold a little intimidating. It's the one I often reference.

I don't agree with this list completely, but it ain't bad: The 10 Best Stories in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I'd love to see how other fans feel about this topic.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Star Wars Wednesday #37: VADER


Since I missed Star Wars Wednesday last week, I'm posting two today. This is the first one. Here's the second one.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Star Wars Art by Other People

I couldn't get around to finishing a new piece of Star Wars fan art for Star Wars Wednesday. It was bound to happen. There's enough out there on the internet worth sharing. Here's a video I had planned to show a couple of weeks ago. It's an expanded version of an anime style Star Wars short that has been out there a couple of years. It's pretty great:



Thanks for looking,
Mike

Wednesday, April 1, 2015